Dear Mr Gariazzo,
I'm writing to invite you to a hybrid discussion on 'Is the European power grid ready for the energy transition?' with:
- Timothée Decroix, Chair, Policy and Communications Group, ENTSO-E
- Robert Kuik, Associate Director Energy System Planning, TenneT
- Yannick Phulpin, Head of Department, Power System Studies, EDF
- Rebecca Sedler, Managing Director, Interconnectors, National Grid
Decarbonising the European power sector requires investment not only in new renewable energy capacity, but also in power grid expansions. The electricity grid needs to become both larger and smarter. A more interconnected European power grid can lower overall energy costs, ensure that low-cost renewable energy supply from solar and wind-rich areas meets demand, and strengthen European energy security. A smarter, more flexible grid can reduce investment needs for new peak capacity by encouraging demand to shift to off-peak times.
How should the EU and its member-states plan for an ambitious power grid expansion in line with its net zero climate goals? What barriers – be they due to regulation, finance or social acceptability – are preventing the speedy expansion of the grid? How can we overcome them? Are all EU member-states moving at the same speed on grid expansion? How should we ensure convergence on the development of this European public good? What space and need is there for regional co-operation in the planning and development of grid expansions, including interconnections, both within the EU and with its neighbours?
Our speakers will begin the event by making some opening remarks, after which Elisabetta Cornago, Senior Research Fellow at the CER, will moderate a discussion held under the Chatham House Rule. Tea and coffee will be served for in-person attendees from 14:00 and the event will begin at 14:30 Brussels time.
The event will take place at the CER's Brussels office (The Library Ambiorix, Square Ambiorix 10, 1000 Brussels
), though participants are also able to join remotely via Zoom. Please indicate your attendance type via the RSVP form below. Participation is by invitation only and in-person spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis; once we have reached in-person capacity then attendees will be asked to join remotely.